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Study and research abroad - PhD

PhD candidates can have a study and research period abroad during their PhD training if they wish. The candidate must, in collaboration with supervisor, obtain funding for the period abroad.

The University of Oslo participates in international research collaboration through bilateral agreements, EU and cooperation agreements.

Funding support for research abroad

Stipendbasen - The Research Council of Norway's scholarships for mobility 
UNIFOR - various funds and endowments
Fulbright Program - USA
EURAXESS - practical information for mobile researchers

Exchange agreements

Exchange agreements with other universities are organized for longer stays. These agreements can usually be used both for research trips and courses abroad, and often provide practical and economic advantages compared with ordinary guest researchers’ stays.

See general overview of exchange agreements for PhD candidates (in Norwegian).

Erasmus +

All PhD candidates can go on a student exchange with Erasmus and get scholarships on an equal footing with students. The minimum period for such stays is 3 months and presupposes that the Faculty or Institute you are affiliated has signed an exchange agreement for PhD candidates with the educational institution abroad.

See list of Erasmus agreements for PhD candidates (in Norwegian).

If you are employed as a research fellow at the University you can also apply for Erasmus funding in order to teach at another university for a period, or for training or taking courses.

Application procedures for exchange may be different for PhD candidates than for students at undergraduate level. You should therefore get in touch with the administration of the PhD programme well in advance if you are considering using an exchange agreement.

Cotutelle agreements

A cotutelle agreement generally means that you are admitted to the PhD programme and get supervision by two institutions. The association with the institutions will as a general rule appear on the thesis and diploma supplement after the degree is awarded. Such agreements are prepared in cooperation with the Faculty.

The Quota Scheme

The Norwegian government offers some scholarships for international students under the Quota Scheme.


Published Apr. 22, 2015 8:22 AM - Last modified Feb. 8, 2021 3:58 PM